On Tuesday evening I went along to see The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Hull Truck Theatre. I didn’t expect that I would slip on my work hat, which is why I am sharing the production with you here.
“sometimes I dream…of anything…Anything other than this…”
Leenane, County Galway, 1990.
In a remote cottage in the mountains of Connemara, 40 year old Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative and possessive mother, Mag.
Trapped together in a poisonous cycle of daily battles and with endless rain driving at the walls, Maureen dreams of escape. When a chance for happiness arrives in the form of unexpected suitor Pato Dooley, she dares to hope…
But Mag has other ideas and sets in motion a chain of events that build to a terrifying climax.
Hauntingly beautiful and blisteringly funny, this dark comedy thriller from the writer of the Golden Globe and Oscar winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and In Bruges is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.
As I mentioned before I didn’t expect to put my work hat on but it seems to be happening more and more. The Beauty Queen of Leenane may display a toxic relationship between mother and daughter but it had me questioning who was the perpetrator.
Mag displayed a cruel love to isolate her daughter (Maureen), who is desperate to break the unhappy routine she was living in. It certainly had me seeing red flags of signs of emotional abuse to the lengths Mag went. Physical abuse swept in from Maureen and it was a difficult watch. I was left wondering if she was pushed to her limits or if her mum was pushed to hers, both responding in different ways.
You couldn’t deny that the acting between mother and daughter held the production together with their comedic and sadistic timing. Siobhan O’Kelly and Maggie McCarthy had me biting my lip.
Nicholas Boulton (Pato) and Laurence Pybus (Ray) were superb supporting roles that helped uncover the story piece by piece.
If you are local or near I would recommend going to see The Beauty Queen of Leenane, I would love to hear your thoughts on the mother and daughters relationship.
It’s running until the 26th October 2019 at Hull Truck.
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